Mati Gomis-Perez is based in East Jerusalem, where she serves as AFSC’S Country Representative for Israel and Palestine. Mati has over 15 years of experience in international development and humanitarian aid, most of it in the Middle East, and has worked with civil society, governmental agencies and the U.N.
Prior to joining AFSC in 2013, she worked for a number of non-governmental organizations in Spain and the occupied Palestinian territory. She also worked for U.N. Women in New York and Jordan on women’s rights, and for the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation in Jerusalem during the Second Intifada. She has done consultancies in Cambodia, Sahrawi Refugee Camps in Algeria, and Colombia, evaluating humanitarian and development projects. Mati has an in-depth knowledge of humanitarian and development assistance, International Humanitarian Law, human rights and Middle East current affairs. She has managed programs in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Egypt and Yemen.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, she holds a B.S. in International Studies from Drexel University in Philadelphia, a Masters Degree in Gender Studies from Madrid College of Political Science and Sociology and a Graduate Certificate on Peacebuilding from American University in Washington DC.
Mati has written several pieces for AFSC’s blog, including On Nice, Istanbul and other attacks: Defending European values, which ones?, Gaza: 10 years after the victory of Hamas, and In the morning in Jerusalem I ask, “until when?”